Although most New Zealanders take some guilty pleasure in movies like Home Alone, no one likes to think about their own property being broken into.
When it comes to security, the home is usually top of mind, which isn’t surprising considering there were 48,699 burglaries in residential properties last year according to Police NZ. Given there was also 28,901 car thefts (and illegal use of motor vehicles) in the same period, the garage also needs to part of any home security plan.
To give yourself piece of mind, here are our top tips for increasing your garage security:
Invest in a keychain remote opener
Remotes are much smaller than they used to be and take up minimal space on your keychain. If you’re worried about the security of your car, you might feel more secure with your remote control in your pocket or bag at all times.
Keep the garage door closed
Never leave your garage door open, not even a little bit for airflow. If you have any windows, frost or cover them so that passers-by can’t be tempted by what they see.
In the case a thief does manage to break into your garage, remember to deadlock the entrance into your house from the garage. If an unwelcome visitor does enter your garage, they won’t be able to access the rest of your home.
Install a garage door opener with myQ technology
Investing in a garage door opener with Chamberlain myQ technology allows you to monitor, control and receive alert notifications from anywhere. We’ve all absent-mindedly wondered whether we closed the garage after we’ve left the house. A great security feature when you’re away from home, you can check whether the door is open or closed and remotely control the garage door using myQ technology.
Chamberlain garage door openers are equipped with a safety reversal system, meaning that if the garage door comes in contact with an obstruction it will automatically reverse so you can feel confident setting an automatic close. You’ll never have to worry about whether you left the garage door open again.
Chamberlain’s HandyLift myQ for roller doors and PowerLift myQ for sectional garage doors include myQ access, which can be purchased from Bunnings or Mitre 10.
If you have any other questions, contact Chamberlain Customer Service on 0800 653 667.